Calm before the Calm

Next week, I start moving again after a full month of half relaxing, half taking German lessons. The German is doing better; I can understand quite a bit and I just need to keep at it. I'll see how I can manage to fit it in to my life when I go back to work,... Continue Reading →

Sydney, and LaMDA

Becky Chamber's first addition to her future "Monk and Robot" series is a fave of mine. This from Goodreads for A Psalm for the Wild-Built: "Centuries before, robots of Panga gained self-awareness, laid down their tools, wandered, en masse into the wilderness, never to be seen again. They faded into myth and urban legend." I... Continue Reading →

The Beating Heart of Love

There's a rather horrible phrase in French: "Bats ta femme, si tu ne sais pas pourquoi, elle, elle le sait" (Beat your wife, if you don't know why, she does). I thought, the first time I heard it, that it can be understood on two levels. Obviously, the idea is that your wife must have... Continue Reading →

Golden Brown

Part I: We're in Europe, but not home yet. We took the ferry from Tangier to Barcelona and now we're taking trains to get home so I'm still in suspended reality. I'll still be on sabbatical when my partner goes back to work next week, but I'm guessing that will feel more like I did... Continue Reading →

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